How To Lower Your Audio and Visual Costs
Do your audio and visual costs seem too expensive? Consider these suggestions when planning your next event.
- IDENTIFY MATCHING SETS
Put sessions or breakouts that require the same type of seating in the same rooms so you don’t have to pay for reset costs.
- LESS SIGNAGE
Prepare meeting room signs listing all meetings in the room throughout the conference to cut down on the number of signs needed.
- TEAR DOWN THOSE COSTS
Often Audio Visual (A/V) companies will charge the same labor fees for tear down as they do for setup. Strike or tear down takes less time, so tear down fees should be about half or three-quarters of what setup charges are.
- WORK WITH OUTGOING GROUPS
Find out what organizations are meeting in the hotel or venue before you and see if you can piggyback off of any of their sets or services. For example, if they are using the same A/V provider or decorator, you might be able to work out a situation where they leave certain room sets, staging and black drape for your event and you foot the bill for dismantle and move-out.
- BID OUT A/V AND OTHER SERVICES
Consider putting A/V services out to bid. Not always, but in many cases, you can find better deals by hiring an outside A/V provider instead of using in-house A/V.
- WORK WITH ONE COMPANY
If you book multiple meetings you should work with one preferred A/V company so that you receive volume discounts (I can assist with this also).
- BRING YOUR OWN
It may be cheaper to bring your own LCD projector, flip charts, markers, etc. with you.
- NEGOTIATE A DISCOUNT
Make sure that an A/V discount or complimentary microphones or flip charts are on your concession list. If you don’t ask for it, you won’t get it.
Mark Dallman “A Meeting Planner’s Best Friend” is the Regional Vice President of Sales for HPN Global (www.hpnglobal.com) is a native Minnesotan and works out of his home in Plymouth, MN. He was in the hotel business for over 20 years and worked in 14 hotels and moved nine times. His recent positions were the Associate Director of Sales at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Director of Sales at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. He is also the owner of the Linkedin Group “Helpful “Tips” for Meeting Planners” and sends out a Meeting Planner “Tip of the Month” newsletter to over 25,000 Meeting Planners. For more information and to check out his client recommendations and archived “Tips” of the Month, feel free to check out his personal website at www.ameetingplannersbestfriend.com.
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